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Flat Water Tuesday Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Oct 2013
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I am challenged by the exquisite thought and insight that compelled this innovative reviewer to redefine the literary realm of romance; regardless, I shall endeavor to proceed with due reverence.
Ron Irwin is emphatic that this book is primarily a love story. Although I agree, the better definition upon reading and appreciating the novel would be that it is, in fact, a human story. For readers whose descriptions are limited to culling literature into generic, sectarian scrutiny, I'll break it down into simplistic terminology: just because a man writes a book that involves relationships or feelings doesn't mean it's "chick-lit." GOD! What a rudimentary term.
Like other readers, I didn't understand the terminology of sculling and the concepts were foreign to me--and I hate sports in general. However, it isn't necessary to appreciate the athletic foundation of the story (and please note that in the same fashion that "love story" translates to "chick-lit" a sports story should translate to "guy lit" since obviously women don't appreciate sports--right?) in order to translate the author's intent to convey the elements of shared experiences common to humanity.
Most people have loved and lost--that would be the most Mickey Mouse observation about this book.
Ron Irwin was rejected 52 times because, although publishers recognized his impeccable and effortless talent, they were not confident that adults would want to read about going to High School. Interesting. I was stuck in High School for the greater part of my twenties and I don't believe it's a stretch to assume the same for most. We are defined in our formative years. We are labeled by others. Stereotyped. Our self esteem easily manipulated by the egos and self-loathing of peers and careless adults who have not shaken their own adolescent insignias. In this brief time we are excused and explained by our circumstances and achievements. And for years we flog ourselves with remnants of the past, deceptions and disappointments whose foundations may have always been deceptive and mercurial.
I've never been in a canoe and my film expertise upon relating to the adult Rob Carrey is limited to the 10 minutes that Virgin Mobile will allow when I'm convinced my cat is on the verge of becoming the next viral YouTube clip, but "Flat Water Tuesday" makes no demands to understand or experience either. Loss and grief are universal.
I pity readers who define this book by as "chick-lit" or "another prep school book." They are unfortunately limited to a superficial understanding of quality writing. Sad. This book is a voyeuristic journey through the life experiences of the author and despite the lack of "twist-at-the-end" thrills and sordid sex scenes, the intimacy of engaging Rob Carrey throughout his life itinerary develops an empathy--an anchor of alliance. Reading this book is a relationship--not a one night stand.
Meanwhile, if you want a book written by "men" with male main characters, pick up something by Oscar Wilde.